February 2, 2011
Reward Offered in Deaths of Nearly 50 Animals Found Dumped in Miss.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing or neglecting nearly 50 animals found dead near Baldwyn, Miss.
The Prentiss County Sheriff's Office gives the following account: On Monday, Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office deputies found about 50 animal carcasses--mostly dogs and a few cats--after a passerby reported discovering the gruesome sight near a bridge on County Road 6200. The corpses appeared to have been tossed from the bridge into a creek, not far from Baldwyn's town limits. The carcasses were in varying stages of decomposition, some reduced to bones. Some animals appeared to have been shot while others had no visible signs of death. Deputies removed the bodies and took them to a local veterinarian for necropsy, but many were too decomposed for a cause of death determination to be made. The carcasses would have been swept down the rain-swollen creek if deputies had not removed them when they did.
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
“Anyone who could show such disregard for defenseless animals can be capable of hurting people, too,” said Lydia Sattler, The HSUS' Mississippi state director. “Whoever committed these violent and callous acts must be held accountable for his or her actions.”
Prentiss County Sheriff's Investigator Derrick Hester is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call him at 662-728-2002 or the Sheriff's Office's tipline, at 1-800-773-TIPS
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